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Date: March 31, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Bestselling Author Lisa See to Visit Montgomery College
See to Talk about Writing and Sign Books at Rockville Campus, April 15

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Lisa See, internationally acclaimed author of the bestselling novel “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” will visit Montgomery College on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. See will talk about writing and sign copies of her books in the College’s faculty/staff dining room, located in the Campus Center on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. This event is free and open to the public.

See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles, spending much of her time in Chinatown. Her first book, “On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family,” was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See.

While collecting the details for “On Gold Mountain,” See developed the idea for her first novel, “Flower Net,” which became a national bestseller. “Flower Net” was also nominated for an Edgar award for best first novel. Her novel was followed by two mystery-thrillers, “The Interior” and “Dragon Bones.”

To write “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” published in 2005, See traveled to a remote area of China—where she was told she was only the second foreigner ever to visit—to research the secret writing invented, used, and kept a secret by women for over a thousand years. The novel’s foreign language rights were sold to 36 countries. The novel also became a New York Times bestseller and won numerous awards.

See’s newest novel, “Peony in Love,” takes place in 17th century China in the Yangzi River delta. It is based on the true story of three "lovesick maidens," who were married to the same man—one right after the other, not one reaching the age of twenty. Together they wrote the first book of its kind to have been written and published anywhere in the world by women.

In addition to writing books, See was the Publishers Weekly West Coast Correspondent for thirteen years. As a freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in Vogue, Self, and More, as well as in numerous book reviews around the country.

The event at Montgomery College is sponsored by the College’s Women’s Studies Program. For more information about Lisa See’s visit, call 240-567-5355.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.


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